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Teacher who threatened activist by email arrested

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A senior high school teacher was arrested Sunday for sending threatening emails to Chinese activist Wang Dan (王丹), the Hsinchu City Police Bureau said Monday.

Wang, 45, currently a visiting assistant professor at National Tsing Hua University (清華大學) in the northern city, received two emails March 13 that were composed in Chinese with threats including "I will let you die," the bureau said.

Wang reported the emails, which police traced to a 45-year-old teacher living in Taipei surnamed Lu, who was arrested and brought in for questioning, the bureau said.

Lu told police that she developed a crush on Wang after listening to a speech he made three years ago, and had sent several emails to him, according to the bureau.

Wang posted one of the emails he received March 13 and said he would not tolerate being threatened this way.

Wang, one of the student leaders during the democratic movements in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, was jailed twice by Chinese authorities before being released and exiled to the United States in 1998.

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